The Egyptian winger is being seen as an option for the Reds should they miss out on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt. The report claims that members of the backroom staff at Anfield are open to the idea of signing the youngster up.
Sobhi had only joined Stoke in 2016 for a fee of £5 million and is rated highly by many in the footballing fraternity.
The winger can play on either side of the attack and is known for his ability to put pressure on the opposition in the final third. That would be one reason why Jurgen Klopp wants to bring the 20-year-old to Anfield, due to the Reds’ pressing style of gameplay.
Even with all the talent on his side, the Egyptian hasn’t been consistent in front of goal and only has one assist to show in 15 Premier League games this season. However, this is only his first season in England and some slack should be provided for the star in the making.
Another youngster gets his chance at Liverpool?
Liverpool do have recent history on their side of providing academy players a chance to perform for the first team. Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold are a couple of players who have been handed debuts this season in the senior side.
Sobhi wouldn’t be an extremely expensive signing for Klopp but he is yet to perform on a regular basis compared to someone like a Julian Brandt and what he has done at Bayer Leverkusen. The Egyptian, though, can turn things around in a game with his skill, yet his inconsistency is something that will worry a lot of Liverpool fans.
The Kop Times Verdict
The 20-year-old might have a lot of talent but it is surprising that Liverpool would move for the player, given that they need first-team quality and someone who can make the step up when playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Should Klopp move for Sobhi, it would be disappointing for many Liverpool fans as we expect better players joining the club and certainly would question the commitment of FSG and the Liverpool board to take the club to the next level.